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College Life

Academic Life

Academic life at Rendcomb is part of the adventure of growing up and exploring, questioning and discovering new ideas. Our broad and varied study programme enables an all-round education providing a seamless transition from Nursery and Junior School through to Senior School and GCSEs and A Levels. We stretch pupils academically across the board whilst offering a strong level of individual support through our tutorial and academic structures. Combined with our co-curricular and pastoral care, pupils are prepared for the adventure of life beyond school.

Sport, Music, Drama, the Arts, Outdoor Education, activities, mentoring, leadership and enrichment are important parts of our curriculum.

We continually address the changing workplace by strengthening and broadening our teaching to ensure our curriculum is broad, challenging and diverse.

Nursery and reception 

Rendcomb NurseryFor pupils in Nursery and Reception, the curriculum is based on the Government’s seven areas of learning. These are:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Pupils also undertake some fun French activities.

Year 1 and 2 

When children join Year 1 and 2, they benefit from small class sizes and a generous teacher-pupil ratio. All children are treated as individuals within the group and are able to progress at a pace that suits their stage of development.

They are taught a broad range of subjects using the National Curriculum as a framework. Within this, the focus is upon encouraging and motivating children to learn in a creative and nurturing environment.

The curriculum is supplemented by the introduction of after-school activities and the access to specialist teachers in certain subjects such as Music, French and PE.

Year 3 to 6 

The Junior School is located within the main College building. Facilities include a newly developed Science room, a well-stocked library, a continually updated computer suite and a purpose built Art and Design Technology studio.

Our classes are of a size which enables us to focus attention on each child as an individual. Our aim is to enable all pupils to find their niche and to develop to their full potential.

Pupils follow a balanced curriculum which includes:

  • English
  • French
  • Computing
  • Rendcomb College Forest SchoolMathematics
  • Music
  • Games
  • Science
  • Drama
  • Physical Education
  • History
  • Art
  • Religious Education
  • Geography
  • German (Year 6)
  • Design Technology
  • Personal, Social and Health Education

In addition, pupils in Year 3 enjoy a timetabled Forest School session each week and pupils in Years 4, 5 and 6 study Thinking and Reasoning Skills for one lesson each week.

year 7 to 9 

Boy in a lesson Pupils in Years 7 to 9 follow a modern, broad and varied curriculum, including the full range of academic subjects and they are given the opportunity to explore these subjects before GCSE choices have to be made.

In Year 7 and Year 8, pupils study the subjects listed below and in Year 9, pupils will study the same range of subjects but with Science being separated into the 3 areas; Biology, Physics and Chemistry. Pupils will also be able to select two of our three languages on offer (French, German and Spanish) and may continue with these to GCSE:

  • Art & Design
  • Computing
  • Design Technology
  • Drama
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • French
  • Games
  • General Science
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Personal, Social & Health Education
  • Physical Education
  • Religious Studies
  • Spanish
Year 10 and 11 - gcse and igcse 

Girl using a bunson burnerWe understand the importance of making the right choices and at GCSE level (Key Stage 4), pupils are nurtured every step of the way. We undertake a thorough consultation with each pupil and hold an options event where students and parents have the opportunity to discuss choices with subject teachers and with the Deputy Head Academic.

In addition to a pupil’s GCSE/IGCSE subject lessons, they will also undertake non-examined weekly Careers lessons during their tutor period.

Pupils take up to 10 GCSEs/IGCSEs during the two year programme, including the following core subjects:

In addition to the core subjects, pupils can choose four more subjects of the following:

Sixth Form - A level 

Senior pupils sitting in a classroomEach student in Sixth Form is allocated a personal academic tutor, usually a member of staff responsible for teaching the student, to give guidance, support and monitor progress during their learning. This important personal tutor role also includes careers and Higher Education guidance.

All students start four, two year linear A Level/BTEC courses in Lower Sixth and continue with three of these subjects through to the exams at the end of Upper Sixth. The fourth subject can be dropped after the November or June exams in Lower Sixth.

Pupils choose from the following subjects:

Many students also opt to take the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) which allows them to complete a self-directed and self-motivated project in a subject of their choice; it provides excellent stretch and challenge and is a wonderful preparation for higher level study.

The Gold Arts Award is also an additional qualification that can be gained by Sixth Form students.